Please comment on how this question could be improved. It is at a -1 score yet the different answers imply it was worth asking.
The meta-question "How do we react to (possible) sock puppets?" contains an answer by a moderator that "it is perfectly acceptable for one individual to have 2 accounts on Genealogy.SE". Typically sites with voting don't allow individuals to have multiple persona's (ie multiple votes). The wikipedia sock puppet definition is "A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception". One person with two accounts seems like deceiving to me (ie I always assumed the different users were unique individuals).
I tried searching the rest of stack exchange since I find it hard to believe this is the first time it came up. But I couldn't find a precedent for this discussion. Some of the other sites have questions/answers that imply a second account by any user is a sock puppet, but they don't say it explicitly. There is also discussion on the association of your accounts between sites but that is a different topic.
There are many situations where one person has multiple online persona's. For example you could have separate work and home telephones. Or work and home emails. But in those cases, the persona's are for different environments, not for operating in one environment so I do not believe work/home applies to genealogy.se.
My question is 'should one person be allowed to have multiple accounts on genealogy.se?' (no). If the answer is yes:
- doesn't that mean one person is allowed multiple votes? (no)
- does it stop at 2? are you allowed 100 accounts? (no)
- are there restrictions if you do have two (ie can you vote for yourself)? (YES - they can't interact in any way)